Brian Barden

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Brian Barden
Brian Barden on February 13, 2012.jpg
Barden with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Born: (1981-04-02) April 2, 1981 (age 35)
Templeton, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2007, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last appearance
July 2, 2010, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
Batting average .211
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 14
NPB statistics
Batting average .281
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 20
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team

Brian David Barden (born April 2, 1981) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, and Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB), and for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Early life[edit]

Barden went to St. Pius X Elementary School[citation needed] and attended St. Augustine High School in San Diego's North Park neighborhood and Oregon State University.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Barden was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks on April 3, 2007 against the Colorado Rockies, grounding out as a pinch hitter. His first hit was a single to center field off Shawn Hill of the Washington Nationals on April 8. That was his only hit in 6 at-bats for the Diamondbacks in the 8 games he played for them in 2007, with the rest of his time being spent with the AAA Tucson Sidewinders.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

He was selected off waivers by St. Louis Cardinals on August 13, 2007.[2][3]

Barden was batting .295 with nine home runs and 35 RBI for the Cardinals' Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds, when his season was ended as the result of being named to the 2008 USA Olympic Baseball Team.[4]

On May 5, 2009, he was named NL Rookie of the Month for April.[5]

Florida Marlins[edit]

On December 14, 2009, Barden signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. He was added to the Major League roster on April 3, but designated for assignment on July 3, 2010.

Texas Rangers[edit]

For the 2011 season, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and played for the AAA Round Rock Express before opting out on July 1.[6]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

Brian signed a 1-year contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball on July 18, 2011.[7] He played in 64 games and hit .281.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on January 5, 2013 and was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He played in 123 games and hit .277, while playing primarily third base.


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